Music makes the people write blog posts
Things I think about while screwing around in my iTunes:
Song I listen to when I'm about ready to plunge a pair of scissors into my jugular or someone else's (or otherwise need to chill out RIGHT THIS SECOND): Follow Through by Hotel Lights. That is like my Xanax. It COMPLETELY mellows me out. Runner up: Lazy Eye by Silversun Pickups.
Favorite guilty pleasure song: Mmm Bop by Hanson. Mock if you must. But I dare you--TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU--to listen to it and not start laughing. Runner up: The Sign by Ace of Base. (Side note: I completely stopped being embarrassed about any of my guilty pleasure songs once we got on shared iTunes at work and I saw that someone had Rico Suave by Gerardo on his iTunes. Yeah. RICO SUAVE.)
Best song used in a movie: If You Leave in Pretty in Pink. Can I tell you, I STILL get goosebumps when Andie goes to the prom and that song comes on? Runner up: Tiny Dancer in Almost Famous. (Best background music: Only Living Boy in New York and Fair, both in Garden State.)
Best song to play over a trailer to trick me into seeing your shitty movie: Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel. I could go into my Vanilla Sky rant, but I'm sure you have better things to do with, oh, the next 16 years of your life, so we'll leave it there.
Favorite song to sing to in the car: Mr. Brightside by The Killers. Runner up: I Still Remember by Bloc Party (sung only with a very loud, very exaggerated British accent).
Best spin on a classic: In Your Eyes (live) by Jeffrey Gaines. The best part is when he's all, "I look to these times with you" (long beat) "to keeeeeeeep me awake and alive." Runner up: I Will Survive by Cake.
Favorite '80s song: Out of the Blue by Debbie Gibson. Runners up: Mad About You by Belinda Carlisle and Eternal Flame by The Bangles. There are far funnier, campier classics from that great decade of music, but based on the years of my life spent daydreaming about boys to these songs, they win.
Song I imagine playing over the opening credits of the movie of my life, when I'm running late to work, dropping my mascara wand on the bathroom floor, hopping on one foot to put my shoes on, and then running into Dreamy McDreamboat on the elevator with a velcro roller still in my hair: All I Really Want by Alanis Morissette. (My favorite line: "And what I wouldn't give to find a soulmate, someone else to catch this drift.")
Song I imagine playing in the background of the movie of my life as I prance around in front of the mirror in hot knee-high boots after bouncing back from heartbreak: One of These Days by Kraak and Smaak.
Song I imagine playing on the radio in the movie of my life when I have my great epiphany while driving around late at night: Chocolate by Snow Patrol.
Song I imagine playing in the background of the movie of my life when I have a chance encounter with the one who got away: The City by Joe Purdy.
Song I imagine playing over the closing credits of the movie of my life, when I drive off into the sunset with the hot yet sensitive, smart and funny man of my dreams: Take Me Away by Lifehouse.
Best sad breakup song: The Scientist by Coldplay. "Come up to meet you, tell you I'm sorry, you don't know how lovely you are ..." Awwww. Runners up: Cautioners by Jimmy Eat World and Try by Nelly Furtado.
Best angry breakup song: The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars. Runners up: You Oughta Know by Alanis, Ex Factor by Lauryn Hill, Sick Cycle Carousel by Lifehouse, You Wanted More by Tonic ... should I keep going?
Best song about not-quite-unrequited-but-kinda love: 23 and Kill by Jimmy Eat World. Oh, my gosh, I love those songs times INFINITY. Runner up: Champagne High by Sister Hazel.
Songs I like almost purely because of the way one line is sung:
- "Hey ... my eyes are shooting sparks." (Une Annee Sans Lumiere, Arcade Fire)
- "It's almost everything I need." (Sullivan Street, Counting Crows)
- "You touch my lips and grab the back of my hand ..." (All I Need, Mat Kearney)
- "How long 'til my soul gets it right?" (Galileo, Indigo Girls)
- "Look me in the eye and tell me you don't find me attractive." (Where Does the Good Go, Tegan and Sara)
- "Are these times contagious? I've never been this bored before ... is this the prize I've waited for?" (Run, Collective Soul)
OK, your turn!